A survivor’s letter to “non-traumatized people”

Dear friends and neighbors, I’d like to share something that I experienced today in my therapy session. I was doing EMDR methods used to heal from past trauma. It’s a very powerful treatment modality in which you reprocess old trauma in a safe and healthy way.  It brings up lots of memories and emotions and […]

Dear Rabbonim… An Open Letter from a Survivor

Dear Rabbonim, I need your help. I need your help to reinstate my respect in you and In the Torah that you represent. I’ve lost it all and it hurts me tremendously that I have, however, the way things are going, I find it impossible to have any sense of respect for you and the […]

Former Amsterdam Cheider Teacher Found Guilty of Sexual Abuse

Ephraim Schrijver, (30) was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, half of which was conditional for six months, for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student of the Buitenveldert Cheder, the Orthodox Jewish school in Amsterdam. Schrijver, who was a teacher at that time at that school, had been in pre-trial detention for 18 months and so he […]

A Shavuous Message from our Director

This past Wednesday afternoon, a little girl went to her neighbour’s house to pick something up for her parents. A young man is known in the community as a troublemaker stopped her at the entrance of her building, convinced her to follow him downstairs, and performed unspeakable acts on her. Thank God she told her […]

Yeshiva dorm counselor indicted for sexually abusing student

Several months after he was arrested and investigated, a dorm counselor from a residential Litvish Yeshiva High School in the Judean foothills was charged with serious sexual assaults against a 14-year-old boy who was in his charge at the school. Over the course of 2013, the 14-year-old boy (who is 19 now) studied as a boarder in […]

Statement regarding NIK and NIG’s investigation of Rabbi Mendel Levine

We are shocked and dismayed to see the conclusions reached by the investigative committee commissioned by the NIK and NIG into Mendel Levine. The investigation examined allegations of historic child molestation allegedly perpetrated by Levine, that have been public since 2011. The discounting of both victim’s words, as well as other critical information presented, amounts to […]